I can’t tell you how happy I am that you are here to spend the holidays with us. Every new season brings something I love, like the crisp smell of autumn or the fresh new buds on the trees in the spring, but our winter family gathering is my favorite. We have a very big family, and we make an effort to include as many people as possible every year. Our home and arms are open to you! Come inside. I’ll introduce you.
Let’s make you a plate of food. We have traditional German potato salad, hot beef and macaroni, deli meat, deviled eggs; what do you like? There’s cookies, cakes and pie for dessert. Later, when the young ones are asleep, we’ll spike our hot chocolate with Bailey’s and laugh around the fire pit. But there’s so much more before we get to that!
Speaking of the children, your Holiday brother is TJ. He’s five and rambunctious. He would love to show you his collection of Legos. Your Holiday sister is Auri, who is six (and a half) and is always looking for an enthusiastic audience for her latest song and dance routine. After we pass out gifts, we’ll all bundle up against the cold and pile into the cars for a little field trip. Just a few minutes away, there is an entire street of houses that decorates with thousands of lights and blow-ups for the holidays. Last year, they had a snow machine and popcorn. The kids have the best time, and, to be completely honest with you, so do I! Take a selfie with me in front of the “Griswold House”!
Are you ready for a song? We write and perform a holiday song every year. Everyone has a part—it’s your turn! Don’t be embarrassed; you’re family and we love you!
About that… It’s time for that cocoa. Come sit with us outside and tell us about your year. How have you been? Are you eating well? Are you making friends? I worry about you. I think about you all the time and want you to know that having you home this year brings me so much joy. You have overcome so much just to become the person you truly are inside, and for that, I cannot be more proud. You have shown that love is the true meaning of the holiday season, and all of life itself. Thank you for being here! Thank you for being you! I am so glad your Holiday siblings had the chance to get to know you and see what a strong, charismatic, beautiful person you are, body and soul.
It’s been a long day, but the good kind. The fire crackles, and we stoke it with more logs. Despite the heat, we can see our breath in the cool night air. Let’s turn in and get some sleep. There is a bed made up for you. We’re a full house tonight! Here, you will feel loved. Here, you will feel safe. In the morning, we’ll just chat and play games until people start heading back to their own houses. Stay as long as you like. Here, you are family.
We love you, Holiday Child! We are so glad you came to the party this season, and we wish you all the best in the upcoming New Year! Don’t be a stranger; nothing would make us happier than to hear from you!
All the love in my heart,
Your Holiday Mom
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